African Journal of AIDS Research

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The relevance of the content of an HIV and AIDS social intervention programme for the youth in the Northern Cape, South Africa

André R. Le Tape, Lourens S. Geyer, Charlene L. Carbonatto


The numbers of people infected with HIV and living with AIDS remain high in South Africa. The youth of the Northern Cape province in South Africa are a vulnerable population in this regard. However, there seems to be a dearth of rigorous evaluations of HIV and AIDS social intervention programmes targeted at the youth. This study aimed to evaluate the relevance of the content of an HIV and AIDS social intervention programme for the youth in the Northern Cape as well as to collect attendees’ recommendations with regards to programme content. The data collection method comprised a group-administered questionnaire completed by youth (N = 172) who participated in the Soul City social intervention programme (SCP) implemented for the youth in the Northern Cape, and recruited through stratified random sampling. Based on specific criteria, the results showed that the SCP programme’s content was relevant to the communities it served. The youth also forwarded recommendations for the programme content. Recommendations from the study include that youth support should be beyond dialogues; women’s rights should be promoted within the context of HIV prevention strategies; the SCP should intensify its condom promotion efforts because it is relevant to the South African government’s macro-level plan; relevant community leaders should be visited to explain the rationale for the youth’s involvement in programmes; and the programme should focus more pertinently on poverty alleviation strategies.

Keywords: ecosystems perspective, programme evaluation, Soul City social intervention programme, youth

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